Bob Weatherwax Bio

Bob is the son of Rudd Weatherwax, the original owner and trainer of Lassie. Bob was born on June 4, 1941, exactly one year to the day after "Pal" was born, the dog who made movie history by portraying Lassie in seven MGM films.
     Bob & Pal
Bob grew up, surrounded by some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood history. He was the only child who could truthfully say that his family pet was the real Lassie. In fact, at home, Lassie was assigned the job of being Bob's babysitter!

Bob has spent his whole life in the entertainment/dog training business. As a child, he had duties in his father's kennels and was often called on to assist in training - even if only to stand still while Lassie or another working dog learned a routine. Later, after serving his country in the US Army, Bob returned home to California where he followed in his father’s footsteps to became a Hollywood dog trainer. He apprenticed under his father on the Lassie TV series and then developed his own career as a dog trainer for movies and television. At his father's death, Bob carried on his father's legacy of breeding and training several more generations of Lassie.

Bob's filmography includes: Aftershock, Back to the Future series, Big Jake, The Borrowers, David Copperfield specials, FBI Untold Stories, Harry and the Hendersons, Joshua's Heart, Lassie Best Friends are Forever, Life Goes On, The Magic of Lassie, Married with Children, Moment by Moment, The New Lassie series. Poltergeist II, Racing with the Moon, Red Dwarf, Roseanne, See You in the Morning, Simon and Simon, Skeezer, Stone Fox, The Watchers II, and Who's the Boss.

        Lassie VII & O.J. (Einstein from " Back to the Future")

Bob Weatherwax

The Weatherwax Legacy: Dog Training the Weatherwax Way
Lassie and many of Hollywood's most famous canine stars



FALL OF 2016

"Four Feet to Fame,
A Hollywood Trainer's Journey"

Blue Heron International Pictures announced today that award-winning producer Richard Lester has joined with Bob Weatherwax to create a successful book proposal

The Book, Four Feet To Fame, A Hollywood Dog Trainer’s Journey, is Bob’s memoir about his father Rudd, Hollywood’s genius dog trainer. It has been accepted for publication by BearManor Media.

“Bob and I will be writing the book for the next several months, with a completion date set for September. We are hoping to be in print before the end of 2016. The
book will take the reader on an epic Hollywood journey,” said Lester.

“We will follow Rudd Weatherwax’s stunning career,
from the earliest days of film-making in Los Angeles to the glory days of the weekly Lassie TV show. In the process, we will meet the Weatherwax family, share
 their triumphs and sorrows, discover their successes
and misfortunes, and ultimately become uplifted by one man’s strong determination to be the very best dog trainer the world has ever known.”

According to Bob Weatherwax, “This book will appeal to readers on so many levels in varying degrees - humorous, heroic, heart-warming, and tragic. Nostalgia? You bet! It is a story that can hardly wait to be told.”

Also joining the book project team is Blue Heron’s
award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gary Lester. Gary will be responsible for technically preparing the visual content for publication.

Beverly Washburn, child star of Old Yeller, wrote the Foreword.

Rounding out the team behind the scenes are Barb Santorsa from Weatherwax Trained Dogs and her husband, Joe Santorsa. “Over the next several months, they will be running the literary ball all the way down
 the field to the goal line,” said Richard Lester.

“They are incredibly talented and highly professional people, who are doing wonders with collecting and organizing our interviews and carefully editing
everything we are writing. We truly have an award-winning team in place.”

For a preview of the type of material you will see in the book, check out Gary Lester’s award-winning documentary, The Weatherwax Legacy, on the Internet Movie Data Base -- IMDb (; search The Weatherwax Legacy). You can also view the film below.